Thursday, October 11, 2007
Friday, October 05, 2007
forth to host a meeting open to community members. We meet at the
library and get 2 to 4 additions to our group. It is fun to share
knowledge and a cup of coffee with other women addicted to the
Relping Arts. This month we gathered at the library and were
surprised to realize nobody had a key to the locked building.
Impromptu change of plans! A short parade of pick-up trucks (rural
living!) rolled down the dirt road to my house as we redeployed. It
worked just fine (thank goodness I dusted the living room earlier
Wednesday) though my husband may take another week to emerge from the
hiding place he sought after 7 chattering women suddenly arrived at
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
convenient to carry around. A stitch or three here and there but more
carting it along "just in cae I need something to do." Sans evident
ambition these projects could last me the rest of my life.
The holidays are still bubbling up in the background though. And
since funds are really limited, and the ideal of homemade or locally
acquired gifts has politically correct appeal, I'm feeling the need
to get organized. To that purpose I've done a mental tally of my
various cupboards and drawers. Fabric... ah yes. Flannel I bought 2
seasons ago and corduroy purchased for the first grandchild. A shirts
stowed away to embroider someday. Time to grit my teeth and drag some
of this out of hiding and put it to use.
Oh, but I'm so much better at planning projects and buying the
components than at actually buckling down to the work.
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Pharmacies for the World Vision Knitting for Mongolia Project:
28 knitted lap blankets
13 Doona's (quilt) (these are crib size)
200 flannelette sheets to wrap a small baby in
38 pairs of booties
22 pairs of mittens
50 premie sets (includes: sweater, hat, booties and flannelette wrap)
13 sweater and flannelette rap set for 1 year old
43 sweaters for 1 to 12 year olds
4 sweater and hat sets
Neighbors, Epping Lace Group, Quilters Guild, and teachers from the
Deaf & Blind School were the contributors.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
fries, crab dip, beer, shrimp, chicken sandwiches, and chocolate
cheesecake. It was our every once-in-a-while Ladies Who Lunch in the
Evening session and we invaded the mostly male sanctuary of the pub
at our somewhat local golf resort. A rousing chorus of Happy Birthday
was sung (the tune of the Star Spangled Banner) to Cindy/Sandie, and
scattered applause was received. We toddled forth, bellies happily
full, and shall relp in earnest next week.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
a month away but the warmish days, chill nights, morning ground fog
and the very scent of the air say **FALL**. Mama Nature in Arachne's
guise spins intricate relping on the fences and the night moisture
embellishes the webs with drops that morning sun reveals as fancy
jewels better than any created for royalty.
And my thoughts turn to "Omigod! Yule is coming!"
When budgets are tight and/or avoiding a leap into the material
purchasing frenzy of the holidays is a concern, relping changes from
hobby to necessity. The pleasant occasional project gives way to a To-
Do list of staggering proportions. It is at this point that I wish
for a quicker skill than the few that are mine. Less carpal tunnel
problems would be nice. Cloning and a cure for attention deficit
would help. Hear that clock tick-tick-ticking? Get to work! Sew,
knit, crochet, spin, felt! My mind's inventiveness is up to the task
and my heart wants to gift every loved one with something special.
Isn't there some old saying about "Good Intentions?"
I'm making my list. And starting to work, good intentions abounding.
Stay tuned for updates!
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Monday, August 06, 2007
This is the latest project - an addition to my current "shirt in progress". For some time now I've carried it back and forth to relping and not added a single stitch but when I was immobile for a day it got picked up and relping went forth. I'm thinking maybe when it is done the next design on the shirt will be a snake twined around the left arm. Of course, my mind may change before then.
Friday, August 03, 2007
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Last weekend I went ass-over-teakettle and the resulting bruises kept
me sitting for the day so there was nothing between me and sewing.
Good progress was made on the Celtic fish design which graces the
front of my white shirt/jacket. Pictures forthcoming...
Monday, June 18, 2007
The granddaughter seems to have liked the ballerina doll. With Grammy's help (hah!) she was named Lindsey Maleka Pony Strawberry Sauce but I have since heard that Ruthanne has changed it to Tutu. Want to guess what Grammy will continue to call her?
And is that not the world's most beautiful little girl?
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
True relpers are the ones who begin a project and find their brains flooded with ideas for more, More, MORE!
"Nice sweater I'm knitting. What if I shortened the sleeve a bit, added some cables down the front, and did it in...."
"Interesting skirt she's wearing. I bet I could make on in blue with kick pleats in the back and..."
"Look at all these bits of leftover cotton. It would be neat to use them for..."
We twitch and whimper and itch to get through one project just so we can launch ourselves into the next, and the next, and the next, all conceived while doing the first.
To whit: I made this doll for the granddaughter. Today I embark on one for the toddler grandson - after which I've asked friends to waylay me should I begin another. Back to the UNFINISHED shirt. No more detours! Heh.
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
I've seen some wonderful and intricate outfits for these dolls and that is certainly NOT what I'm achieving! Clothed is the desired end result upon which I shall throw up my hands and make a dignified retreat. Knowing the kids, clothed is not what the doll family will remain for long anyway. Granddaughter will remove the clothes whereupon Grandson #2 will lose them. Then Grandson #1 will make hysterical 11 year old jokes about bare butts and proceed to use the dolls as naked super-heroes complete with loud explosions and doll bodies flying through the air.
So why am I making clothes anyway? Because recycling the old dolls seemed the politically correct grandmotherly gift giving thing to do. And it was on my project list. And though donating them to the local Goodwill would have gotten me off the hook AND delighted my daughter (No. More. Toys!), see "stubborn" and "indulgent" and "right mind" (out of) in paragraph one.
By the way - there will be no pictures of the results.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Okay, so this isn't exactly RELPING either, but it does constitute one more item crossed off my To-Do list. This is getting rather exciting.
And as for relping, the tradition, long held as it has been, may be winding down. The Sydney contingent no longer meets and the Langlois group has been a bit anemic of late. The Oakland leader moved to Eugene and is attempting to create a unit there. And the Fairbanks group has been silent. Hibernating?
Gosh, is this how the last few dinosaurs felt?
Thursday, April 26, 2007
It's relping, really it is. With wood and paint. Another item off my ever increasing To-Do list. That doggone list doesn't get shorter no matter how many items I complete. Some danged fool keeps coming up with "Wow! I could....." and adding projects. I'd kick her buns if my knees would bend that direction.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Monday, April 09, 2007
Oh yeah? Like YOU don't ever refer to inanimate objects as sentient beings!
Saturday, April 07, 2007
And some Don't.
The Don'ts are the ones that buck and whinny, whine and carry on, stutter, stammer and hiccup. Threads tangle. Needles disappear, then emerge suddenly solidly lodged in your finger tip. Patterns refuse to make sense and change right before your eyes. Seams don't match, pieces are cut backwards, measurements require advanced calculus.
I'm staggering through a project like that. Counted cross-stitch.
(Hysterical laughter is heard trailing off into the dark wet Oregon night...............)
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
How does that Neil Sedaka song go? "Backing up is hard to do!"
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Nostalgia. Weren't we totally cool dressed in out crocheted shawls and macramed vests, a flower tucked into a paisley headband and a blissful smile on our faces? I'm thinking maybe we need a summer retro party where we can all resurrect our 60's garb and listen to Jimi Hendrix, and the Stones.
Of course for me the music was Beatles and Monkees. Fab. Gear.
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Since the relping ladies appreciate the value of a good supply of Cabana Boys, and since one of our members was with me on my recent trip to Hawaii and she thought to treat us to the ever pleasant Cabana Boy experience, I thought I'd post the receipt here for proof. You'll note other mentionable items on that receipt. Feel free to comment!
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Well maybe not. Every attempt at adding the photo results in:
There were errors during upload.
The following images were not uploaded.
Sometimes I hate technology!